Council backs the Great British Spring Clean 2022

Last Updated: 21 March 2022

21 March 2022

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is encouraging people to pledge to do their bit for the Great British Spring Clean 2022 which starts this Friday.

This year’s campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy (25 March to 10 April) calls on families, neighbours, friends and colleagues to join forces and pledge to pick a bag of litter from nearby streets, beauty spots and beaches in order to protect our communities and precious wildlife habitats.

SLDC can support you by loaning equipment such as litter pickers and hi-vis jackets as well as supplying rubbish sacks and arranging for its Street Scene crews to collect the filled bags afterwards.

This will be the sixth year the council has supported the Great British Spring Clean, run by Keep Britain Tidy. The aim for 2022 is the #BigBagChallenge where people are being encouraged to pledge to pick up as much litter as they can during the campaign, even if it’s just one bag.

Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC portfolio holder for Climate Action and Biodiversity, said: “It is always great to welcome back the Great British Spring Clean for another year. Litter-picking is a very worthwhile activity with many benefits, such as making where we live safer and more attractive; getting out and exercising in the fresh air; and feeling more connected to your community.

“In the past two years our outdoor spaces have mattered to us more than ever before as people have embraced them during the pandemic – and councils like SLDC have often had a battle to keep our popular beauty spots clean and green.

“We hope people across South Lakeland will harness the power of collective action and take on this year’s #BigBagChallenge. Whether it’s pledging to pick one bag or more, we can carry out small acts of kindness for our planet and ourselves, together.”

Councillor Philip Dixon, SLDC portfolio holder for Customer and Locality Services, added: “Keeping South Lakeland clean and tidy costs the council and local taxpayers a staggering £1.1 million each year, and in 2020/21 our crews collected 3,464 tonnes of waste from litter bins and street cleansing.

“It is important that we all take pride in where we live. We live in such a beautiful area, including parts of two National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and we want to do everything we can to protect these wonderful surroundings for generations to come.”

If you would like to arrange to borrow litter-picking kit from SLDC or to have your filled rubbish bags collected, email: locality@southlakeland.gov.uk

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean and make your pledge, visit: www.keepbritaintidy.org/gbspringclean

Notes

Ahead of this year’s event, Keep Britain Tidy has revealed that volunteering in the outdoors can be vital for the wellbeing of our communities, with significant benefits to people’s mental health.

In a survey of people who took part in the Great British Spring Clean 2021, 86% said volunteering helped improve their mood, up from 79% in 2020.

More than half (52%) agreed it helped them meet new people and make friends, while 91% agreed they felt more pride in their neighbourhood after taking part.

Almost everybody surveyed (98%) agreed the campaign reduced the impact of litter on wildlife and the natural environment.